Parents wring their hands over drug and alcohol abuse by children. Dread overwhelms them when news of yet another school shooting makes the news. And increasingly, bullying of one child by another has become a topic of research and debate.

But what is a parent's No. 1 concern for their kids today? Childhood obesity.

That's what research from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the University of Michigan reports, after asking more than 2,000 parents across America to rank their greatest concerns for their children.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.